Diversity and Personal Enrichment

Published by Washington State Association for Justice

Summary

From the Aug. 5 Annual Meeting and Convention 2010, 67 pages.

Presenters
Hon. Faith Ireland, (Ret.)
Faith Ireland retired from the Washington Supreme Court in 2005 and began her private practice in mediation, strategic legal consulting and coaching lawyers on briefing and arguing in the appellate courts. She was elected to the Supreme Court in 1998 after serving fifteen years as a judge of the Superior Court.

Ireland received the Distinguished Service Award from the national Leadership Institute in Judicial Education in 1998. For her efforts in helping to diversify the judiciary, Ireland received recognition from the Asian, Hispanic, Loren Miller and N.W. Indian Bar Associations. She was named Judge of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association and received its William O. Douglas Award. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Carl Maxey Award recognizing her continued efforts in diversity and human rights. She also received the President's and Vanguard awards from Washington Women Lawyers, the Women of the Year award from Seattle University and the University of Washington Women's Law Caucuses and an award from Gonzaga University. She was also named an outstanding alumnus of Willamette University. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored her as one of its Women of Distinction for 2004.

Ireland is active in the community, having served as Chair of the Board of TVW, (C-span for Washington), on the Board of Seattle No. 4 Rotary, The Board of Law Fund (indigent civil legal services) and having served as Vice-Chair of the King County Sheriff's Blue Ribbon Panel on public accountability. She is a Past President of the Austin Foundation, enriching the lives of at-risk youth through physical fitness. She was a member of the Board of Visitors of Willamette University School of Law. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.S. Taxation from Golden Gate University, Seattle branch.

Her hobbies include downhill skiing with her husband, Chuck Norem. She is an international competitive powerlifter, a six-time USAPL National Champion for her age and weight, has won bronze, silver and gold medals in international competition. She holds American or world records for her age/weight at 242 pounds for squat, 154 for bench and 281 for deadlift.
Beverly S. Grant
HONORABLE BEVERLY GRANT is currently the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge at Remann Hallin Pierce County at Tacoma, WA. and will complete her two-year rotation by December 31, 2010.She was appointed by Governor Gary Locke in April 2003 and successfully elected in November, 20032004 and 2008.

She is a former Senior Law Clerk of the Honorable Judge Jack E. Tanner (now deceased) of the UnitedStates District Court for the Western District of Washington, former WSTLA and WELA board member and a former partner of the Law Offices of GRANT & GRANT.

For more than twenty years her focus of practice was on complex multi-party cases in the federal and state courts of Washington in California. Prior to her ascending to the bench, she was one of the founding members of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association and also the Pierce County Washington Women's Lawyers Association.

Judge Grant has served as a speaker for numerous national and state legal organizations including the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), now known as the American Association for Justice(AAJ), Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA), now known as the Washington StateAssociation for Justice (WSAJ), National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), California State Association (CBA) Labor & Employment Law Section and the Washington State Bar Association(WSBA).
Hala Gores
HALA GORES is a Palestinian-American attorney who for over 21 years has devoted her law practiceto representing individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Ms. Gores is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Ms. Gores holds an "AV" rating by the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory.

Ms. Gores sits on the Board of Governors of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, is a GuardianMember of OTLA and is Oregon's Minority Delegate to the American Association of Justice. Since1989, she has been a member of the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court and is currently a Masterin that Inn.

Ms. Gores is President of the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage and culture of Oregon's diverse Arab American community. Ms. Gores also sits on the Advisory Board of the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center. She is a former chair of the Multnomah Bar Association Committee to Advance Equality in the Law.

Ms. Gores has a ten year old son, Jake, and is married to Joseph Finkbonner, a Native American from the Lummi tribe who is executive director of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
Mark D. Kamitomo
MARK D. KAMITOMO’S practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability. He is a principle in the law firm of The Markam Group Inc., P.S. in Spokane.

Mr. Kamitomo received his JD from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1989. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. He has also practiced in Federal and State Courts in Texas, Nevada, Montana and Oregon. He is licensed to practice in Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Idaho.

Mr. Kamitomo has had numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements. Some of the awards have resulted in significant changes in the provision of medical care and product design.

Mr. Kamitomo is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, The American Academy of Trial Lawyers, The Damage Attorney’s Round Table (DART), The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Washington State Association for Justice, the Washington State Bar Association, the Arizona State Bar Association, the Hawaii Bar Association, the Idaho Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the Spokane County Bar Association. In addition he has served on the Board of Advisors for the Gonzaga Law School, the Board of Trustees for the Litigation Section of the Washington State Bar Association, is on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Association for Justice and is a current board member and a past President of Spokane Youth Sports Association. He is the past Chair of the Legislative Steering Committee for WSAJ and is the past President of the Washington State Association for Justice.

Mr. Kamitomo is honored to have been named WSAJ’s Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2010 as well as honored to have been named in Washington Law & Politics as a Super Lawyer from 2003 to the present. He was also awarded the Washington State Association of Justice Professionalism Award in 2014. Additionally, he was voted Best Medical Malpractice Attorney by his peers in the Spokane, Coeur d’ Alene Living magazine as well as named Top Attorney in Washington by Seattle Met Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has also been named in the Best Lawyers of America for 2014 and 2015. He is a frequent speaker on issues involving Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Litigation, Product Liability and Racial Issues in the legal system.

Originally Published

August 5, 2010

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